The Rarest Beers You Can Find Today...
...and How To Get A Hold Of Them
Was there ever a time where you thought to yourself, ‘today, I want to try something different’? Or a time where your buddy pointed out that for the past 20 years of drinking, you have always had the same beer?
Today, we are presenting you with some of the most exclusive, most hard to find, and most rare beers worldwide. Known as ‘white whales’ in a beer connoisseurs book, each of these beers are exceptionally hard to find, and most of them come with a hefty price tag. For some, you have to find a secluded monastery in Belgium, and for others you will have to wait for that one day during a whole year when the beer is available. We know what you’re thinking, and yes, there are die hard beer fans who will go some extreme measures to get their hands on some of the rarest beers of the world.
To feed your curiosity, here are some of the most exclusive beers you will be able to find if you decide you’re up for an adventure:
The Brouwerij De Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren 12 (XII)
The Westvleteren 12, nicknamed ‘Westy 12’ is a quadruple beer brewed in one of the 7 Trappist monasteries of the world, the St. Sixtus Abbey. The monks of the monastery have been brewing the beer with the same recipe for over six decades. Sold in unlabelled bottles, the Westy 12 is celebrated for its rich flavour with figs, raisins, dark chocolate and espresso.
With a strict rule that says only 3,800 barrels of the beer will be brewed each year, to get this exclusive brew, fans have to pre-book a limited number of order, which they then need to pick up from the abbey itself.
Dark Lord, the beer that has its own festival
The Dark Lord is brewed by the 3 Floyds Brewing company in Indiana, and is, in their words, ‘A demonic Russian-Style Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla and Indian sugar’. Although other variations of the brew can be found all year round, this particular brew is only available on one day of the year, Dark Lord day, which is celebrated with a festival on the brewery grounds.
Beerheads will have to buy their tickets to the festival in advance and will have the chance to buy four bottles of the exclusive beer, and will have to pay a hefty $20 for each bottle.
Pliny the Younger
Dubbed the nephew of Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger is a brew that is extremely hard to get a hold of and will sting your wallet quite a bit. While the Elder, a double IPA brew can be found all year long, Pliny the Younger is an exclusive tripe IPA brew is released for a limited time in the beginning of February, at the Russian River brewpub in California.With triple quantity of hops with respect to a regular IPA, production of Pliny the Younger is extremely difficult and expensive, and you will see that the beer has a whopping 11 percent ABV.
The Heady Topper
The Heady Topper is a beer brewed by the Alchemist in Vermont. Although the exclusive double IPA brew is available all year round, The Alchemist is a small family-run brewery which only distributes the brew to the state of Vermont.
What makes this beer so special is that it is made with six different kinds of hops. Beer lovers from all over the world will travel to Vermont to get the pure taste of the different hops, mixed with hints of citrus fruits, pine and spices.
The Cantillon Zwanze
Since its first production in 2008, The Limited Edition Zwanze brew has become one of the most sought-after beers worldwide. One of the world’s most exclusive Lambics, the recipe of the Zwanze changes every year.
Brewed by the Brasserie Cantillon in Belgium, the Zwanze can be found only one day of the year, September 19th. Beer fanatics can check out the official Zwanze Day Locations to find out where the beer will be served on draft on that one special day of the year. Read more about the most exclusive Belgian Beers.
The Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout
Brewed by the Topping Goliath Brewing company, it is safe to say that the Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout is one of the most difficult beers to find, as the company only produces from 300 to 400 bottles each year. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the sales are limited to one bottle per person.
Beer fans lucky enough to have had a taste of the beer say that the brew tastes like chocolate chip pancakes, maple syrup, bourbon and espresso. Sounds like the perfect breakfast if you ask us!
The Hill FarmsteadThe Hill Farmstead is not a beer, but a brewery offering some of the most exclusive brews worldwide. Located in the Green Mountain State, Vermont, the Hill Farmstead Brewery was named the best brewery in the world in 2013, by Rate Beer.Beerhead who have tasted some of the brewery’s beers say that one brew to try is Ann, a limited edition version of another fan favourite brew, Anna.
A beautiful story comes with the beautifully brewed beer. The founders of the Side Project Brewing company, Cory and Karen King wanted to gift their son, Owen King with the best present they could give to him (and to us!).
The beer is brewed using the brewery’s favourite recipes and then aged for 15 months in 15 year old Willet Family Estate Bourbon barrels and are then reposed on Ugandan Vanilla Beans.
Die-hard beer fans can get a taste of this once in a lifetime chance, only by visiting the Side Project Brewery on site, and the beer is limited to one bottle per person per day.